FASTrack students are divided into groups of 20 students called cohorts. Each cohort takes classes together during the fall and spring semesters, satisfying core requirements and building a sense of community and peer support. At the same time, students take additional “non-FASTrack” courses to maintain full time schedules. Cohorts get to know each other quickly and students often study together. Our carefully selected instructors work with FASTrack academic mentors to track and report individual student progress so that struggling students can be identified and assistance can be offered.
*Please note that FASTrack classes are not easier than other classes. On the contrary, our instructors have high expectations and offer our students the full challenge of college, even while providing extra encouragement and support.
“Having the same people in three classes was great because if you ever needed help or didn’t know an assignment, you always had a classmate to ask. The classes chosen were great.” –FASTrack student
WRIT 101 (Required): First-Year Writing I – Prepares students to write in college by focusing on writing as process for a variety of contexts and audiences. Develops information literacy, awareness of conventions, skills of inquiry, exploration, and argumentation. Includes multimodal writing presented in ePortfolios.
EDHE 105 (Required): First Year Experience – Designed to help first-year students adjust to the university, develop a better understanding of the learning process, acquire essential survival skills, and begin the major/career exploration process. The course also introduces students to the mission, values, and constituencies of a comprehensive public university, and to ethical and social concerns affecting its functioning.
Social Science Elective (Choose 1 of 2)
PSY 201: General Psychology – Introduction to individual development, motivation, emotion, motor function, sensory and neural functions, intelligence, learning, perceiving, thinking, social behavior, and personality. Taught by Professor Ken Sufka, 2014 CASE – Carnegie US Professor of the Year (Mississippi)
SOC 101: Introductory Sociology – Concepts and methods necessary for studying society. Taught by Professor Jeff Jackson, 2012 Humanities Teacher of the Year.
WRIT 102 (Required): First-Year Writing II – Writing processes, skills on inquiry, exploration, and argumentation, with special emphasis on research, information literacy, and writing for a variety of contexts and audiences. Includes multimodal writing presented in ePortfolios.
BISC 102 (Optional): Inquiry Into Life Human Biology – A survey course for nonbiology majors, introducing basic principles and emphasizing the function of the human body, including diseases, cellular process, respiration, muscular system, reproduction, development, immunity, and inheritance. Meets the science requirement of the core curriculum. Associated lab: Bisc 103.
Math 121 (Optional): College Algebra
“With FASTrack, the most helpful thing was getting to know the students I had all my classes with. It made it easier to get together study groups and helped having the support of other students who were going through the same things.” — FASTrack Student